Schubert: Violin Sonatas, D574, 384, 385 & 408

COMPOSERS: Schubert
LABELS: Opus
WORKS: Violin Sonatas, D574, 384, 385 & 408
PERFORMER: Fabio Biondi (vln), Olga Tverskaya (fpno)
CATALOGUE NO: 111 OPS 30-126 DDD
Schubert himself was an able violinist, whose idiomatic writing for the instrument is charmingly evident in his violin and piano sonatas. Moreover, enhanced by sympathetic recording, Biondi and Tverskaya here play a modern copy of a 1740 violin, and a c1820 Graf fortepiano that vividly evoke this music’s fragrant atmosphere. Arresting spontaneity – invigorated by Biondi’s stylish extempore ornamentation – reveals a potent mix of youthful vigour, ardent passion and delicate poignancy. An essential disc for all Schubertians. Nicholas Rast

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